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Murray Overcomes Tipsarevic Test; Roddick Sets Verdasco QF

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Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray won the title in 2009.

World No. 4 Andy Murray came through a testing encounter with Janko Tipsarevic, 6-4, 7-6(3), on Thursday at The Queen’s Club to reach the quarter-finals of the AEGON Championships for the third time.

The Scot, who has been working to overcome a right ankle injury sustained on his semi-final run in Roland Garros (l. to Nadal), was pleased with his level after overcoming the No. 31-ranked Tipsarevic in just over two hours in a rain-interrupted encounter.

Having trailed by an early break of serve he drew level at 4-4 before rain delayed play for 57 minutes. At the resumption Murray broke Tipsarevic in the 10th game to clinch the opening set, and again fought back from a break down in the second set before prevailing in a tie-break.

"My ankle felt fine today. I thought I moved pretty good. I didn’t feel it at all, which is the best it’s felt, which is good news," said Murray. "I thought I hit the ball much better from the back of the court today. In the second set I thought I played much better towards the end. I was creating quite a lot of chances to break and didn’t get all of them, but that’s a good sign that I’m giving myself chances. He has a big first serve, so it was a good test."

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The 24-year-old Murray became the first British winner at The Queen’s Club since Bunny Austin in 1938, when he defeated James Blake in the 2009 final of the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tennis tournament.

Murray next faces Croatian No. 8 seed Marin Cilic, who survived a bagel second set to defeat Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(3), 0-6, 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes.

After being extended to three sets by Feliciano Lopez in his opening match at the AEGON Championships, Andy Roddick enjoyed smoother progress Thursday as he dismissed South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.

The third-seeded American broke serve once in each set and withstood 13 aces from Anderson to prevail in 78 minutes. He improved to a 31-5 mark at The Queen’s Club, having won the title in 2003-2005 and 2007.

"It was kind of as you would expect," reflected Roddick. "He had some chances to break. He didn't get them. I had a couple chances and I converted. That was pretty much the story of the match. Obviously we all come over here with Wimbledon as the end goal, but I treat this tournament as separate.  It is preparation, but at the same time it's still a very important tournament for me."

The 28-year-old Roddick is playing just his third ATP World Tour tournament since March; he was troubled by a right shoulder injury and forced to miss Roland Garros. His win over Lopez on Tuesday was his first victory since reaching the third round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Roddick goes on to face No. 7 seed Fernando Verdasco, who finished strongly to defeat former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian 7-5, 6-1 in 73 minutes. The Spaniard saved the four break points he faced and took three of his seven opportunities to reach the quarter-finals at Queen’s for the first time in four visits.

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